VorpX Oculus Rift VR Driver - 69
VorpX Oculus Rift VR Driver - 69
VorpX is a 3D driver that allows you to play many PC games in virtual reality (VR) with your Oculus Rift headset. It supports many DirectX 9, 10 and 11 games and converts the displayed image to an output that is suitable for watching on the headset, in many cases in stereoscopic 3D. VorpX also offers many features specifically geared towards VR, such as head tracking, immersive audio, VR controller support, and more.
In this article, we will review the latest version of VorpX, which is 0.9.0. This version was released on October 23, 2015 and has many improvements and new features compared to the previous versions. We will also show you how to install and use VorpX with your Oculus Rift headset and give you some tips and tricks to optimize your VR gaming experience.
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What's new in VorpX 0.9.0?
VorpX 0.9.0 is the most feature-packed update so far. Here are some of the most noteworthy changes:
Direct Driver Mode: VorpX 0.9.0 supports the latest Oculus runtime 0.8 with Direct Driver Mode. This means that you no longer need to configure your display settings to use extended mode or duplicate mode. You can now simply plug in your headset and start playing.
Asynchronous Rendering: To fully leverage the new possibilities that come with direct driver mode, VorpX 0.9.0 has Asynchronous Rendering. This enhances the experience considerably if you can't reach the desired framerate in a game. Asynchronous Rendering allows VorpX to render the game at a lower framerate than the headset refresh rate and fill in the gaps with interpolated frames. This reduces judder and improves smoothness.
Windows 8/10 VorpX Desktop App: If you are a Windows 8 or 10 user, you have a new VorpX Desktop app that allows you to surf the web, watch YouTube videos or just launch your VorpX games from within VR. The VorpX Desktop app is a virtual desktop that is rendered in front of you in VR and can be controlled with your mouse and keyboard or your VR controllers.
Dedicated Video Player Mode: VorpX now has a dedicated video player mode that lets you watch any video file or stream in VR, including 3D movies. Two of the most popular free video players have profiles for VorpX: VLC and MPC-HC. You can choose from different viewing modes, such as cinema mode, curved screen mode or full spherical mode.
Support for arbitrary resolutions: This feature allows you to launch games at any resolution your PC supports, regardless of your monitor resolution or aspect ratio. This can help you mitigate field of view (FOV) issues by choosing 4:3 or 5:4 resolutions, which often have higher vertical FOV than widescreen resolutions. This works with every game supported by VorpX.
Crystal Image: Crystal Image is a new feature that improves the image quality of VorpX games by reducing aliasing and blurriness. It makes the image sharper and clearer, which is especially important for VR, where every pixel counts.
Super smooth Virtual Cinema Mode: Virtual Cinema Mode is a feature that lets you play games on a large virtual screen in VR, similar to watching a movie in a cinema. In VorpX 0.9.0, Virtual Cinema Mode and EdgePeek are now fully decoupled from the game rendering for the best possible performance and next to unnoticeable latency. EdgePeek is a feature that lets you peek around the edges of the virtual screen by moving your head, which can help you see more of the game world without changing the FOV.
Enhanced D3D11 Geometry renderer: The D3D11 Geometry renderer is one of the two methods that VorpX uses to create stereoscopic 3D for games (the other one is Z-Buffer). The D3D11 Geometry renderer received a major overhaul in VorpX 0.9.0, which will allow for more new game profiles in the future. Geometry 3D is the most realistic and immersive way to play games in VR, as it creates a true depth perception for every object in the game world.
Basic OpenGL support: VorpX 0.9.0 also adds support for classic OpenGL games, ranging from the beginning of the PC gaming 3D era to about the time of the Quake 3 engine. You can now play games like Doom, Quake, Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Unreal Tournament and many more in VR with full Geometry 3D.
How to install and use VorpX?
To install VorpX, you need to purchase a license from the official website. The price is $44.99 (including taxes where applicable). After you purchase VorpX, you will receive an email with a web installer that will download and install the latest version of VorpX on your PC. You will also receive a license key that you need to activate VorpX on your PC.
To use VorpX, you need to have a compatible VR headset (Oculus Rift, Rift S, Quest via Oculus Link, HTC Vive, Valve Index, Pimax, Windows Mixed Reality or any other SteamVR compatible headset) and a reasonably fast quad core processor and an nVidia or AMD graphics card (nVidia preferred). You also need to have the latest Oculus runtime or SteamVR installed on your PC.
Once you have installed and activated VorpX, you can launch it from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut. You will see a VorpX Control window that lets you configure various settings for VorpX, such as the VR headset type, the 3D mode, the image quality, the audio settings and more. You can also access the VorpX game list, which shows you all the games that have official profiles for VorpX. You can also create your own profiles for games that are not supported by default.
To play a game with VorpX, you can either launch it from the VorpX game list or from the VorpX Desktop app (if you are a Windows 8/10 user). You can also launch any game from your Steam library or any other launcher and VorpX will try to hook into it automatically. If VorpX successfully hooks into a game, you will see a small blue logo in the bottom right corner of your screen. You can then put on your headset and enjoy the game in VR.
To adjust the settings for a game while playing, you can press the Delete key on your keyboard to open the VorpX ingame menu. This menu lets you change various parameters for the game, such as the FOV, the head tracking sensitivity, the screen size and distance, the 3D strength and more. You can also access some useful features from this menu, such as EdgePeek, DirectVR Scan and VR Controller Calibration.
Tips and tricks for optimizing your VR gaming experience
Playing games with VorpX can be a lot of fun and very immersive, but it can also be challenging and require some tweaking and experimentation. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you optimize your VR gaming experience with VorpX:
Check the official forums: The official VorpX forums are a great place to find information and help about VorpX. You can read guides and tutorials, ask questions and get answers from other users and developers, share your feedback and suggestions, download custom profiles and mods for games and more.
Use DirectVR: DirectVR is a feature that automatically optimizes some settings for a game based on its internal data. It can improve the FOV, the head tracking and the positional tracking for some games. To use DirectVR, you need to press the middle mouse button on your mouse or controller while playing a game that supports it. You will see a message that says "DirectVR Scan" and then "DirectVR Settings Applied". You can also access DirectVR from the ingame menu.
Adjust the FOV: The FOV (field of view) is one of the most important settings for playing games in VR. It determines how much of the game world you can see on your screen. If the FOV is too low, you will feel like looking through a tunnel or binoculars. If the FOV is too low, you will feel like looking through a tunnel or binoculars. If the FOV is too high, you will see distortions and stretching on the edges of the screen. To adjust the FOV, you can use the ingame menu or the DirectVR feature. You can also use some external tools, such as Flawless Widescreen or Widescreen Fixer, to modify the FOV for some games. The optimal FOV for VR depends on your personal preference and the game you are playing, but a good rule of thumb is to aim for a horizontal FOV of around 100 degrees.
Choose the right 3D mode: VorpX offers two methods to create stereoscopic 3D for games: Geometry 3D and Z-Buffer 3D. Geometry 3D is the most realistic and immersive way to play games in VR, as it creates a true depth perception for every object in the game world. However, Geometry 3D is also more demanding on your system and may not work with every game. Z-Buffer 3D is a simpler and faster way to create 3D, but it has some limitations and artifacts, such as incorrect shadows, reflections and transparency. To choose the right 3D mode for a game, you can use the ingame menu or the VorpX Control window. You can also adjust the 3D strength and separation to fine-tune the 3D effect.
Use VR controllers: VorpX supports VR controllers, such as Oculus Touch, Vive Wands or Valve Index Knuckles. You can use VR controllers to interact with the game world, such as aiming, shooting, moving and more. You can also use VR controllers to access the VorpX ingame menu and some other features. To use VR controllers with VorpX, you need to calibrate them first from the ingame menu or the VorpX Control window. You can also customize the button mappings for each